Friday football digest, week 8

Be clear about this much: Lexington Catholic does not have down years.

The Knights might not be as strong this year as they usually are, but what passes for a rebuilding season on Clays Mill Road is the kind of season many coaches would kill for. Their only losses this season have come to Covington Catholic, St. Xavier and Lone Oak, three powerful teams in anybody’s book.

So when Boyle County visits tonight for the annual showdown of the top teams in District 4A-6, the Rebels shouldn’t expect Lexington Catholic to be easy pickings. Yes, Boyle has won four straight games in this series over the last two years, and yes, I believe the Rebels will win again tonight. But I don’t believe it’ll be easy.

Lexington Catholic started the season with new people at just about every position, then sent them out against a typically tough schedule. So right about now is when the Knights should be starting to get comfortable. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Bolin leads a balanced and increasingly dangerous offense, and the defense has allowed only two touchdowns in the Knights’ last two games.

Look for Lexington Catholic to hang with Boyle for much if not all of tonight’s game, and as has become usual, look for the two teams to meet again in the third round of the playoffs next month.

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The hard part is over for Danville, which will try to end a three-game losing streak in its District 2A-4 opener at Bardstown. It’s not that Bardstown is a pushover, it’s just that beginning tonight and for the rest of the season the Admirals will play teams with which they can compete on a more even basis than Somerset, Southwestern and Boyle County.

It will be interesting to see how the Admirals have come through that three-game stretch and the subsequent bye week — and whether they can avenge an ugly loss to Bardstown last year.

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Last week was yet another in a string of 4-1 prediction weeks, but this week won’t be unless there’s a last-minute cancellation. The picks:

  • Boyle County over Lexington Catholic.
  • Casey County over Taylor County.
  • Danville over Bardstown.
  • Meade County over Lincoln County.
  • Somerset over Garrard County.
  • Southwestern over Mercer County.

Last week: 4-1; season 30-7 (.811).

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